Margit-sziget, or Margaret Island, is a reasonably large island in the middle of the Danube river in Budapest, and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Covered in landscaped parks, the island is a popular spot for a walk, a picnic or a bike ride, especially when the weather is warm and sunny. Walking around the island, you can find various medieval ruins serving as a reminder of the religious history of the place which, before the 14th century, was called the Island of Rabbits. If you don’t want to walk (the gardens are quite expansive!) you can hire a bike or a pedal cart for some fun and exercise! There is a theatre and a sports stadium on the island, both of which hold shows and other spectacles.
My friend Jasmin and I spend a few hours on Margit-sziget after recovering from a night out in the ruin bars. Taking the 4-6 tram which circles the city, we hopped off in the middle of Margaret Bridge (Margit híd) and walked down to the main entrance to the island. After crashing a city bike hire station (and subsequently freaking out that they might take hundreds of pounds out of my account) we found a pedal cart hire place where we hired a cart to go and see the gardens. It was a lot of fun, the gardens were beautiful, and we were only 10 minutes late taking the cart back after I got us lost up one end of the island! After exploring Margit-sziget, we got ice creams (well, I did…surprise, surprise!) and walked over to the Pest side of the river for the very first time, where we wandered down the walkway along the river, giving us an amazing view of the Danube and Hungarian parliament!
Photos can sometimes say more than words, so this time I’m going to let my favourite photos of the afternoon tell the story of our day out!:
Read more about my trip to Budapest!
Budapest is the Buda-Best!
Budapest Great Market Hall | Nagyvásárcsarnok
Széchenyi Thermal Baths | Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő
Ráday Street | Ráday Utca
Buda Castle & Castle Hill | Budavári Palota & Várnegyed
Budapest’s Ruin Pubs
Gozsdu Courtyard | Gozsdu Udvar